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The highly anticipated sequel to the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Children of Eden. Two girls, one destiny. Yarrow is an elite: rich, regal, destined for greatness. She’s the daughter of one of the most powerful women in Eden. At the exclusive Oaks boarding school, she makes life miserable for anyone foolish enough to cross her. Her life is one wild party after anot The highly anticipated sequel to the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Children of Eden. Two girls, one destiny. Yarrow is an elite: rich, regal, destined for greatness. She’s the daughter of one of the most powerful women in Eden. At the exclusive Oaks boarding school, she makes life miserable for anyone foolish enough to cross her. Her life is one wild party after another…until she meets a fascinating, lilac-haired girl named Lark. Meanwhile, there is Rowan, who has been either hiding or running all her life. As an illegal second child in a strictly regulated world, her very existence is a threat to society, punishable by death…or worse. After her father betrayed his family, and after her mother was killed by the government, Rowan discovered a whole city of people like herself. Safe in an underground sanctuary that also protected the last living tree on Earth, Rowan found friendship, and maybe more, in a fearless hero named Lachlan. But when she was captured by the government, her fate was uncertain. When these two girls discover the thread that binds them together, the collision of memories means that their lives may change drastically—and that Eden may never be the same.


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The highly anticipated sequel to the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Children of Eden. Two girls, one destiny. Yarrow is an elite: rich, regal, destined for greatness. She’s the daughter of one of the most powerful women in Eden. At the exclusive Oaks boarding school, she makes life miserable for anyone foolish enough to cross her. Her life is one wild party after anot The highly anticipated sequel to the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Children of Eden. Two girls, one destiny. Yarrow is an elite: rich, regal, destined for greatness. She’s the daughter of one of the most powerful women in Eden. At the exclusive Oaks boarding school, she makes life miserable for anyone foolish enough to cross her. Her life is one wild party after another…until she meets a fascinating, lilac-haired girl named Lark. Meanwhile, there is Rowan, who has been either hiding or running all her life. As an illegal second child in a strictly regulated world, her very existence is a threat to society, punishable by death…or worse. After her father betrayed his family, and after her mother was killed by the government, Rowan discovered a whole city of people like herself. Safe in an underground sanctuary that also protected the last living tree on Earth, Rowan found friendship, and maybe more, in a fearless hero named Lachlan. But when she was captured by the government, her fate was uncertain. When these two girls discover the thread that binds them together, the collision of memories means that their lives may change drastically—and that Eden may never be the same.

30 review for Elites of Eden

  1. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    3.5* I really like this series! It is fun, enthralling, and just overall unique. This installment really sets up for an exciting third book (that I hope comes out VERY soon)! Overall it was great to see the plot take new turns and advance the story. Will be fun to see where it goes in the next book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    A riveting, surprising, thought-provoking, and incredibly timely follow-up to Children of Eden - fans of the first will devour it and demand the next immediately.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I haven't stayed up late reading a book in a long time and I just couldn't put this one down. I really hope there's a third cause I have so many unanswered questions. And maybe a companion novel for the moms point of view/story arch??? I haven't stayed up late reading a book in a long time and I just couldn't put this one down. I really hope there's a third cause I have so many unanswered questions. And maybe a companion novel for the moms point of view/story arch???

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    Utterly ridiculous. Yarrow/Rowan oscillates from weeping helpless female to trained operative and triage doctor???!?!? The plot was dull and predictable since other books have already told this story. A society being lied to about the now-healed world? Check. Been there, done that better in City of Embers. An all-seeing sinister AI? Check. Been there, done that better in Aliens with HAL. There is even a cackling villain at the end to tell us all about how they are going to take over the world. S Utterly ridiculous. Yarrow/Rowan oscillates from weeping helpless female to trained operative and triage doctor???!?!? The plot was dull and predictable since other books have already told this story. A society being lied to about the now-healed world? Check. Been there, done that better in City of Embers. An all-seeing sinister AI? Check. Been there, done that better in Aliens with HAL. There is even a cackling villain at the end to tell us all about how they are going to take over the world. Sigh. Don't even get me started on the over-the-top melodrama of the love triangle/square. Hokey and unreal. I skimmed this book and would have never even bothered to finish it unless I had to professionally review it. I suspect many of the high reviews of this book are far more to do with liking the YouTube personality than the actual book. Many seem to give it five stars with the review of "I love Joey and I will probably like this book once I read it". Sad.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    4.5 stars Well. That was really good. There are SO many factors that go into my review and rating of this book though. Just to get it out of the way, the things I didn't love: I felt like the writing was better than the first in the series, yes, but still slightly awkward at times. I think this is attributed to the fact that it's written by someone who I guess hasn't really written much before, together with someone who has. It could be jarring at times to see two completely different styles that 4.5 stars Well. That was really good. There are SO many factors that go into my review and rating of this book though. Just to get it out of the way, the things I didn't love: I felt like the writing was better than the first in the series, yes, but still slightly awkward at times. I think this is attributed to the fact that it's written by someone who I guess hasn't really written much before, together with someone who has. It could be jarring at times to see two completely different styles that sometimes didn't blend all that well. Aslo the beginning was a bit slow, but that wasn't a huge issue. Just took a bit to get into. Last thing I "disliked" was that *most* of the book felt like a filler, and like it could've been split up and part of it added to book 1 and/or what I assume is book 3 to come. Okay, but I loved so much more than I disliked. I loooved the romances, especially how, though it was a focus in some ways, it wasn't overly done and the plot moved forward plenty without the romance. Also, I don't know if I've ever been as truly torn as I am right now about a love triangle like this. I love both love interests so much and I have different reasons for rooting for each of them and the thought of one "losing" kills me. The tying together of so many threads that I thought would just be dropped like in the first book. This book was definitely put together much better than the first and it was exciting and fun once it got flowing, and definitely well-woven in terms of plot. Sooo quotable. I think I'll need paper copies instead of audio so I can note all my favorite quotes in this series. Really, they're fantastic. And the deeper meanings. Even if I hated the book, the deeper meanings behind almost everything in this series are so poignant, so important. This series touches majorly on the impact of humans and what our carelessness is doing to the planet, but also the things we do to each other. Man I just get chills thinking about some of the concepts this book pointed out, making you really, really think about the way you're living your life and especially about all the horrible things (shootings, bombings, shitty political moves that hurt people like you and me, etc.) that have been happening lately. Phew. I just really liked this book and everything it stands for and in my opinion, it is a fun read, but more importantly, a necessary one. I'm sure I'll be back to add some more thoughts on this book, but I'm excited that there will be another book (I assume) because so much is still left to be resolved. I think this series will be getting a permanent spot on my bookshelf.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Grammar Grace

    Great book! (I did catch a few *basic* editing mistakes and things that could be a bit better, but overall amazing storyline and characters!)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    A nice read, a quick and easy read too. However this is more YA than I remember the first book being. The beginning (first 50 pages or so!) is like reading Mean Girls, then we move on and get back to the real action from the first book. For the most part the story is a little simple, not the most complex. This is a continuation of the first book in the trilogy: same place, same rules and same characters, which were all more interesting the first time around. I went off the central character of R A nice read, a quick and easy read too. However this is more YA than I remember the first book being. The beginning (first 50 pages or so!) is like reading Mean Girls, then we move on and get back to the real action from the first book. For the most part the story is a little simple, not the most complex. This is a continuation of the first book in the trilogy: same place, same rules and same characters, which were all more interesting the first time around. I went off the central character of Rowan, she’s a little too perfect - strong and beautiful and everyone loves her, she is also naive and reckless but she has a good heart so that makes it all ok (a little sickening really). The baddie as it were was kinda evil sure but a bit like a Bond villain, they were lacking in any depth of character. A bit uninventive. Having said all that this is a nice read, nothing too taxing, a little bit of fun if that’s what you want. The ending was not what I was expecting at the outset, a little convenient and cheesy but ok. I can see what will happen in book three but I am still going to go and read it. Apart from the last 15 pages there’s not a lot I can say in this review that isn’t repeating my review of the first book. I gave the first book 3.5*/5 and rounded up to 4, this time I shall round down, but it is still worth a 3.5*/5, not bad but really not amazing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Elites of Eden is a fantastic sequel to Joey Graceffa's dystopian novel Children of Eden I won't say much in this review because I don't want to give anything away if you haven't yet read the first book. However, if you have, you definitely want to find out what happens to Lark and the other second children next! I loved this book even more than the first, very exciting, not overly gory or violent, and we learn more about the Eco-pan and what's really going on with those in power. Fans of dystop Elites of Eden is a fantastic sequel to Joey Graceffa's dystopian novel Children of Eden I won't say much in this review because I don't want to give anything away if you haven't yet read the first book. However, if you have, you definitely want to find out what happens to Lark and the other second children next! I loved this book even more than the first, very exciting, not overly gory or violent, and we learn more about the Eco-pan and what's really going on with those in power. Fans of dystopia will love this series!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cookie's Comforts

    Elites of Eden is a dystopian young adult novel by American Joey Graceffa. It is the sequel to Children of Eden and was released on October 3, 2017 I love this series, I have fallen for all the main characters and it just keeps getting better! Excellent writing ✍️ Exciting storyline Can’t wait for the next ❣️

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    4.5/5 stars. Wow this was amazing. That ending has me shooketh to the core. I can't wait to finish up this series and find out how everything is going to be solved. I love the characters in this series and how realistic they are as no one is perfect. They all have their flaws which makes me love them even more. 4.5/5 stars. Wow this was amazing. That ending has me shooketh to the core. I can't wait to finish up this series and find out how everything is going to be solved. I love the characters in this series and how realistic they are as no one is perfect. They all have their flaws which makes me love them even more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Talitha Elizabeth

    I have many thoughts on this book and I will be doing a video on my channel sometime soon but for now I will provide a short summary of my 3 star rating. The plot was complex but there were no details. The author attempts to build up a high-detail dystopian world but there's truly no world building. The writing rule "show-not-tell" does not apply to this book. Everything is telling. The story itself was fun and quick but the writing was so bad that I truly had to force myself to actually finish t I have many thoughts on this book and I will be doing a video on my channel sometime soon but for now I will provide a short summary of my 3 star rating. The plot was complex but there were no details. The author attempts to build up a high-detail dystopian world but there's truly no world building. The writing rule "show-not-tell" does not apply to this book. Everything is telling. The story itself was fun and quick but the writing was so bad that I truly had to force myself to actually finish the book. I hate doing negative reviews, truly. I've maybe only done one or two before and especially to do one on a series Ioved when it first came out... i really wish I liked it better. But I can't lie and say it was anything better than average.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    I give this book a 4.5, 4,75 or even a 5 stars, not to sure, this is my second read of elites of eden and I really enjoyed this book alot more then the first book, like the ending, in the first book I did like the first book I did like the ending in a way, but with this book I loves the ending more, I can't wait to reaf rebels of eden, I have a feeling rebels of eden would be my favorite, I just wanted to reread the first two books a second time because I wanted a refresher of what happened befo I give this book a 4.5, 4,75 or even a 5 stars, not to sure, this is my second read of elites of eden and I really enjoyed this book alot more then the first book, like the ending, in the first book I did like the first book I did like the ending in a way, but with this book I loves the ending more, I can't wait to reaf rebels of eden, I have a feeling rebels of eden would be my favorite, I just wanted to reread the first two books a second time because I wanted a refresher of what happened before I got to rebels of eden, and elites of eden might be my favorite so far the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Shamoon

    Way better than the first!!! First was alright. Great ideas and world. But this book just took it and RAN. Fantastic!! I literally couldn’t put it down.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ☆Stephanie☆

    Title: Elites of Eden (Children of Eden #2) Author: Joey Graceffa Publisher: Atria/Keywords Press, 2017 (Oct 3) Genre: YA Dystopian, YA Science Fiction **I received a copy of this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review** This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA's Tumblr, or myGoodreadspage Review (#2): This is the one I really am excited to review!! I loved the first book, Children of Eden and I have been dying for the sequel. And now it looks like there is another book Title: Elites of Eden (Children of Eden #2) Author: Joey Graceffa Publisher: Atria/Keywords Press, 2017 (Oct 3) Genre: YA Dystopian, YA Science Fiction **I received a copy of this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review** This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA's Tumblr, or myGoodreadspage Review (#2): This is the one I really am excited to review!! I loved the first book, Children of Eden and I have been dying for the sequel. And now it looks like there is another book coming and I'm super excited! I reviewed Children of Eden here: Children of Eden Review I will tell you all about this one, but there might be some slight spoilers from book one. I'll try to avoid them - the book itself is pretty good at being accessible to those who haven't read the first one! Ok, so I'm going to tell you about Elites of Eden... Yarrow has everything she could ever want: she's rich, popular, and pretty. Her mother is the Chief of Intelligence in Eden, the society where the only human survivors all live. She goes to Oaks, an exclusive private school. She has all that she needs, and with her best friend Pearl, she can go where she wants and do what she wants. As a teen, it's a privileged life. However, Yarrow is bored. And she feels strange about how desperate she is to please people, especially Pearl and the friends in her group. When a lilac-haired girl named Lark joins Oaks, Pearl immediately wants to make her life hell, and she knows just how she can: make Yarrow befriend her, and then ruin her. But Yarrow is torn - something about Lark makes her question herself and her motives...and also her perfect life in Eden, When a night goes horribly wrong for Yarrow as Pearl attempts to ruin Lark's reputation, she learns about Rowan, a girl from the Underground of Eden, and a second child. Second children are illegal in Eden, so Rowan's very existence is illegal as well. However, Yarrow and Rowan will soon realize they have more in common than anyone thought...anyone but the lilac-haired new girl Lark. This book is INTENSE. Graceffa writes like no one I have read before. I know most people know him as a YouTube sensation and am outlandish guy, but he writes Elites of Eden as if he's written so many books before. It flows right from where Children left off, and I was sucked in from the beginning...I literally couldn't put it down. You almost feel like you are Yarrow. Her feelings are raw and consume you. The man is talented. I added this to the mini reviews because Elites is most definitely a segue book. It doesn't end and it doesn't technically begin the story...there is another book to come. I would and have mentioned that Children is an excellent book for a classroom setting, but Elites is too frantic unless paired with Children. Yes, the book makes sense on its own, but there would be a major loss of connection to Rowan's character unless Children is read first. So I'm going straight for the gusto here and giving Elites of Eden ★★★★★...and I encourage anyone that has read Children to continue with Elites. It is definitely worth the continued adventure. Yes, I was frustrated knowing I would have to wait for another book with no publication date in sight, but I'm hoping that the success of the first book will carry to the second, which will cause Graceffa to finish the Eden saga. Too often books are cut off at midpoint because book two sales aren't as good as book one. So I'll tell you right now: if there isn't a conclusion to this series, I WILL riot. What are you reading?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    Rowan is back in action, but under a new name: Yarrow. She is now living in the Center of Eden absent of her former memories. New life, new memories. But along comes Lark... and everything unravels. This book wasn't much better than its predecessor. There's definitely an overuse of exclamation points and the writing style is a bit juvenile. But the plot is pretty decent. I really felt for the lives of the characters and still want to see how everything plays out. Rowan is back in action, but under a new name: Yarrow. She is now living in the Center of Eden absent of her former memories. New life, new memories. But along comes Lark... and everything unravels. This book wasn't much better than its predecessor. There's definitely an overuse of exclamation points and the writing style is a bit juvenile. But the plot is pretty decent. I really felt for the lives of the characters and still want to see how everything plays out.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    A very stretched 3-star rating. I definitely was enjoying the beginning with the Mean Girls vibe but since that doesn't last too long my liking slipped a bit. The writing is sliiightly better which helped and I'm optimistic about the last book which I will start as soon as I finish typing this. A very stretched 3-star rating. I definitely was enjoying the beginning with the Mean Girls vibe but since that doesn't last too long my liking slipped a bit. The writing is sliiightly better which helped and I'm optimistic about the last book which I will start as soon as I finish typing this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meda

    A bit predictable, a bit over-the-top love triangle/square, but it's a pretty fun quick read. I am eager to see where it goes in the next book! A bit predictable, a bit over-the-top love triangle/square, but it's a pretty fun quick read. I am eager to see where it goes in the next book!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Kleinhans

    I liked it a lot, but I really didn't like it when she was Yarrow. It wasn't how I would see Rowan. But it was still really good. I liked it a lot, but I really didn't like it when she was Yarrow. It wasn't how I would see Rowan. But it was still really good.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Josefine

    This series is AMAZING!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Snazzy Reads

    Awesome. I couldn't stop reading! Awesome. I couldn't stop reading!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emilė

    So this was a disappointment. The plot was boring and predictable, throughout the whole book nothing really happened. There was no character development, no world-building, so having in mind that the book consisted of meandering and staying in one characters head, that was quite boring. Anyway, I didn't see the point of this book and I think it could be summarized in a few chapters and be a part of a duology instead. So this was a disappointment. The plot was boring and predictable, throughout the whole book nothing really happened. There was no character development, no world-building, so having in mind that the book consisted of meandering and staying in one characters head, that was quite boring. Anyway, I didn't see the point of this book and I think it could be summarized in a few chapters and be a part of a duology instead.

  22. 5 out of 5

    What the Fluff

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I had to stop reading it for a few days because of the death. I was in denial. And then it turns out Lark didn’t actually die!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Heywood

    really enjoyed this second book in the children of eden series. With the first book being left on a cliff hanger it was interesting to se that Rowan now yarrow had been taken by the center and turned into an experiment and a student of the school. I wasn't too keen with Yarrows friends who portrayed the snobby popular student down to a T. I liked how we slowly began to see some of the characters from the first book come into the story again when Lark turn up at school. I loved when they finally really enjoyed this second book in the children of eden series. With the first book being left on a cliff hanger it was interesting to se that Rowan now yarrow had been taken by the center and turned into an experiment and a student of the school. I wasn't too keen with Yarrows friends who portrayed the snobby popular student down to a T. I liked how we slowly began to see some of the characters from the first book come into the story again when Lark turn up at school. I loved when they finally got to go back to the underground and Rowan got to see her brother again. I love happy reunions. we still have the love story which I can see why it works but I'm still team Lachlan as I feel that they have more of a connection. I have nothing against lark though I think I just feel that her feelings towards rowan were rushed and I feel a bit bad for ash as hes liked Lark all along. Again this book was left on such a cliffhanger and was slightly confusing at the end. This book would have been 5 stars if I wasn't so confused at the end so because of that I'm giving it a 4 stars but its more like a 4.5 stars.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Messier

    I’ll be honest, I really hated the beginning (first like 50-60 pages). I know now that is probably the point, but I think that’s why I wasn’t compelled to pick this back up after starting it. Luckily, the excitement and focus came back not much after that initial 50 pages. I like the direction the story has taken and think that most of the choices were logical and reasonable. The main critique I have is that some world elements weren’t consistent. One I noticed right away was that the residents I’ll be honest, I really hated the beginning (first like 50-60 pages). I know now that is probably the point, but I think that’s why I wasn’t compelled to pick this back up after starting it. Luckily, the excitement and focus came back not much after that initial 50 pages. I like the direction the story has taken and think that most of the choices were logical and reasonable. The main critique I have is that some world elements weren’t consistent. One I noticed right away was that the residents of Eden aren’t supposed to have last names, but then there is a statement later in the book that directly contradicts that information. Also I didn’t feel as much character development as I would like for Lachlan specifically, that is just me nitpicking though. I think the story development in this second installment is witty and exciting. I’m excited to see where the third book will take us!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    After reading the first one in the series which usually is my favourite in any series I didnt think it could be taken over but I was wrong! I really enjoyed this and I loved how the story was 2 people but in 1 person. I really liked the first few chapters which I can only describe as having a Mean Girls feel to them. I like that the pull of 2 romances is there but it isn't the main focus and isn't pulling away from the original storyline. Really good ending but I hope in the next one all the ori After reading the first one in the series which usually is my favourite in any series I didnt think it could be taken over but I was wrong! I really enjoyed this and I loved how the story was 2 people but in 1 person. I really liked the first few chapters which I can only describe as having a Mean Girls feel to them. I like that the pull of 2 romances is there but it isn't the main focus and isn't pulling away from the original storyline. Really good ending but I hope in the next one all the original characters are back together as it should be!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Johnston

    I was not impressed with the beginning. Thought I was reading a 'Mean Girls' paradigm. Nearly put it back on the shelf. However I persisted and the story got back on track with the introduction of Lark and other characters from book 1. Author is obsessed throughout in trying to teach the young reader to accept that 'love' is 'love' regardless of sexual preference. Nothing amazing going on in this book, but is interesting enough for me to add book 3 to my future reading list. I was not impressed with the beginning. Thought I was reading a 'Mean Girls' paradigm. Nearly put it back on the shelf. However I persisted and the story got back on track with the introduction of Lark and other characters from book 1. Author is obsessed throughout in trying to teach the young reader to accept that 'love' is 'love' regardless of sexual preference. Nothing amazing going on in this book, but is interesting enough for me to add book 3 to my future reading list.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mariah Bowman

    I have to admit that I wasnt that interested in the beginning of the story, and I found myself forcing myself through the story. After about 40 pages it started reverting back into the story I knew, introducing the characters from the previous book. After that the action really picked up and I found myself flying through the book. The plot thickened and it became harder to know what was real or false. Overall a great second installment. 3.75 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Skye

    Elites of Eden is an amazing follow up to Children of Eden. It was just as good, if not better than the original. It is more thrilling with more mystery at every turn. I never wanted to put the book down. I wanted to keep reading to see where the story would go. I really loved this book and I can't wait to see where the last one in the series is headed. Elites of Eden is an amazing follow up to Children of Eden. It was just as good, if not better than the original. It is more thrilling with more mystery at every turn. I never wanted to put the book down. I wanted to keep reading to see where the story would go. I really loved this book and I can't wait to see where the last one in the series is headed.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don't get it. How does Yarrow come into this? I don't get it. How does Yarrow come into this?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brandi Vandygriff

    Very confusing at the beginning, but I thoroughly enjoyed it

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